Play -Dough recipe

Awww winter days! …. I must admit that it has taken me several years to settle down from the warm climate of my country to the  cold winter of Sydney.
But to be honest…rainy days always bring the perfect excuse to stay at home,cuddle under the blankets with a hot chocolate,a good book…and the children…

What? !! the children? !!!!! Oh, well if somebody could entertain the children would’t that be perfect , haha!
Actually it occurs to me that today we could make  “play dough”.  This trick has never fail to keep the kids busy for long periods of time, including the pre-teens at home. Yeap! including them.

Here is the recipe I use, just in case you are also looking for something to keep the kids busy and happy. -Enjoy!

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~Play dough recipe Non cooking ~


  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • food coloring (Optional)
  • Few drops of Glycerin ( Optional)

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  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mix bowl.
  • Add the water to the dry ingredients and stir continuously until it becomes a non sticky dough. (If it remains sticky then add a touch of flour until is right.)


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  • Take it out of the bowl and knead it for a couple of minutes until is the perfect consistency.
  • Add the drops of glycerin (optional)
  • To add coloring without much mess, make a hole in the center of the dough, add the color and fold the dough over to close it. Put the mixture in a plastic bag and knead until the color is fully dissolved.

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  • Take it out of the bag , continue kneading and is ready!

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~Play dough cooking recipe~

Sometimes I use the cooking process and have find that the dough lasts longer. The method is simple but is better not to involve the children and to be sure that the dough has completely cool down before they can play with it.

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Same as above just add 2 cups of water instead of one and a half.


  • Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan.
  • Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is pliable and is not sticky anymore.
  • Allow to cool down , knead it for a couple of minutes and is ready!

The recipe makes enough for 2-4 children to play with. I keep it in the fridge in a air tight container and it last up to 4 months.

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Thousand origami cranes

That who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish ”

Paper cranes tutorial
After much thinking about what could be the first post on “Color &Love”  I decided this one, because it was the last post I wrote back in 2011, when I decided to close my prior blog.

I can not believe how many years have passed … I am grateful that despite the time and all the storms that have fallen, my creativity has returned to the house of my soul.

What we are inside never leaves us, as the sun keeps shining behind the cloudy sky, so does our inner essence that stays with us.”~ ivice~


Materials: A square piece of paper.

Click HERE to go to the tutorial website.

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Making “paper cranes”  may look just like another craft activity, but going back in my memories, I realized that for me it meant the beginning of my creative curiosity.

Paper cranes
I remember being a child, I would have been around 3 or 4 years old. My Dad used to entertain my sisters and I by making little folded birds out of the silver paper from his cigarette’s box.
Yeap! he used to smoke back then … Shh! don’t tell him I told you.  Although to be completely fair I should clarify that he also quit when I was 5 years old and never ever did smoke again. (I admired him for that too).

Well … back to the paper cranes … I remember my fascination about the fact that if you could create something so beautiful with a simple piece of  paper, what else could be created  with all that was around me??

Later on when I wanted to teach my daughters how to make paper cranes.  I learned that it was an old Japanese legend and part of the history of Sadako Sasaki A litte girl who was living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped. Sadly, ten years later, she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Her story is very touching and inspiring. My daugthers were so touched by it that for a while we had the house filled with colorful paper cranes everywhere.

“Peace Crane, I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” ~Sadako Sasaki, age 12.~”

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“Color &Love” is where I share some of the home projects, creative ideas and thoughts that inspire my everyday journey as a mother of 4 children.

I am a lover of recycling , inexpensive DIY projects and craft tutorials. One of my passions since childhood has been to create beauty where no one imagined could exist .

Nothing excites me more than to create happiness where I live and around the people I love! and that’s how this blog was born! hoping to share something beautiful that will fill your day with magic too!

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